Festive season fire safety tips from Makana’s Fire Chief


Fire and Rescue Services Manager William Welkom urges residents to keep these safety tips in mind for a successful festive season.

  • Be careful with holiday decorations. Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.
  • Keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn.
  • Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of light strands to connect.
  • Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so the cords do not get damaged.
  • Test your smoke alarms and tell guests about your fire escape plan.
  • Keep children and pets away from lit candles.
  • Keep matches and lighters up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop.
  • Provide large, deep ashtrays for smokers. Wet cigarette butts with water before discarding.
  • Blow out candles when you leave the room or go to bed
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